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Proliferation and demise of deep-sea corals in the Mediterranean during the Younger Dryas

McCulloch, Malcolm; Taviani, Marco; Montagna, Paolo; Correa, Matthias López; Remia, Alessandro; Mortimer, Graham


Uranium-series and radiocarbon ages are reported for deep-sea corals Madrepora oculata, Desmophyllum dianthus, Lophelia pertusa and Caryophyllia smithii from the Mediterranean Sea. U-series dating indicates that deep-sea corals have persisted in the Mediterranean for over 480,000years, especially during cool interstadial periods. The most prolific period of growth however appears to have occurred within the Younger Dryas (YD) period from 12,900 to 11,700years BP followed by a short (~330years)...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.07.036


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